After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Lebanon, Mali and other places around the world, one would think that Americans would be thankful these acts didn’t occur on our shores. But after reading the headlines over Thanksgiving and Black Friday, it seems that terrorism is alive and well among us – in our shopping malls and department stores, as there are too many out there who have been violently attacked.
Here are just a few of the headlines which makes one feel they are in a war zone instead of celebrating a holiday.
“Black Friday brings pain for family of Walmart worker killed”
“Black Friday Fight Breaks Out In Baby Section Of Department Store”
“Fist fight over Black Friday deals”
‘Kidnapper’ is caught ‘trying to snatch a shopper’s three-year-old grandchild at Walmart’ after lurking at store for hours”
“Brawls break out at Walmart during Black Friday; shoppers wrestle each other to ground in Kentucky food court”
“Woman steals item from child, squabble ensues”
“#BlackFridayMatters: Swarms raid discount TV display; Cop punched”
For many it comes as no surprise that these acts of violence would occur. In fact there is a website designed to morbidly track injuries and deaths during Black Friday. In fact, the day before Black Friday, there were several warnings throughout the media as to the 10 top states this violence would take place.
According to a study by real estate website Estately, which used Facebook user data and federal crime statistics to determine where people participate in Black Friday sales and where people are more likely to violently attack each other, shoppers are most likely to encounter a Black Friday fight in the following states:
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
But these predictors were absolutely wrong as the violence based on the above headlines of where this violence actually occurred have been in states which not on the Esterly list, They include:
1. Kentucky 2.Georgia 3. New York 4. Michigan 5.Texas 6. California
There sales bring out the absolute worst in people. Therefore there must either be a more organized system for shopping during these special sale holidays such as: a. a limited group of people are allowed to enter stores at at time b. they can order the items via a catalog ahead of time and pick it up at the store or have it mailed to them or c. they can do something like is done at Brookstone where you see the items you want,write down your purchase ,and the clerk goes and gets it for you. d. or the ultimate solution to this problem would be that these Black Friday sales days should only be allowed to occur online.
No innocent person should have to die, get kidnapped or beaten up while shopping for some items on sale.